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RE: How 2.4.5 Multiple Ways ought to apply to software

From: Michael Pluke <Mike.Pluke@castle-consult.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 09:21:33 -0400
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bailey@Access-Board.gov>, Andi Snow-Weaver <andisnow@us.ibm.com>, "public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org" <public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5735ED0D92A3E6469F161EB41E7C28A81D1BAA832C@MAILR001.mail.lan>
I am not against surveying this, but I don't really think that all software is covered by the process exception.

I would suggest that modal dialog boxes are definitely steps in a process. Once you have initiated the print "process" the next, and sometimes final step in the process, is a modal dialog box with print options and a "Print" or "Cancel" button. This modal dialog box, which is an "interaction context" in M376-speak (and hence analogous to a Web page that is a step in a process).

In "interaction context"-speak, 2.4.5 becomes:

"More than one way is available to locate an interaction context within a set of interaction contexts except where the interaction context is the result of, or a step in, a process."

The print dialog is an "interaction context. It is the result of (a step in) a process" and should not therefore provide multiple ways of accessing parts of the main application (we are beginning to agree that an application represents one or more interaction contexts "within a set of interaction contexts" - equivalent to a "set of Web pages").

However, if an application (which maps to "a set of interaction contexts") contains several interaction contexts (e.g. the multiple sections of Outlook) then 2.4.5 says that I should be given multiple ways of accessing those different parts e.g. the Navigation bar to the right of the Outlook window, Control + numeric, and maybe more methods.

Best regards


From: Bailey, Bruce [mailto:Bailey@Access-Board.gov]
Sent: 10 August 2012 12:56
To: Andi Snow-Weaver; public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org
Subject: How 2.4.5 Multiple Ways ought to apply to software

For Tuesday, might we survey if task force members believe that most (all?) software falls into the "except where the [X] is the result of, or a step in, a process" half of 2.4.5?

I submit that WCAG has a pretty broad definition of "process".  Please see Example 2:  "An account registration page requires successful completion of a Turing test before the registration form can be accessed."

From: Andi Snow-Weaver [mailto:andisnow@us.ibm.com]<mailto:[mailto:andisnow@us.ibm.com]>
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:07 PM
To: public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org<mailto:public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org>
Subject: ACTION: Meeting Preparation Survey for tomorrow - Please answer before the meeting if possible

Sorry for the late notice. At tomorrow's meeting, we're going to step back from the issue of finding a replacement term for "web page" and discuss how task force members fundamentally believe 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks and 2.4.5 Multiple Ways ought to apply to software.

To help structure the discussion, we have prepared a survey: https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/55145/AUG102012/

Please answer it before the meeting if you can. I won't set the usual 6 AM US Eastern time deadline.

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